changing the color of indivisual letters on keyboard

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    is there anyway I can modify the color of an indivual letter in the framework-res.apk or do I need to edit a different apk, I know how to change boxs and such to make themes but I can't find the indiviual letters that appear on the virtual keyboard.. id like to change them so the the letters. I-l-o-v-e-y-u. I'm sure u can already see what I'm trying to do, i I'm tryiing to get this soon being that I have an anniversary coming up and I really wanna surprise my Girlfriend with this when she goes to use her phone.. I know I'm a loser.. lol


    Anyone have any advice.?
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    Well your name is "woody".! Jk that's a great idea. Btw. Hope you can get it to work.
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    Lol, I know.. and thanks, hopefully someone knows..
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    ok so after digging through basically every apk on the droid system, i havn't been able to find any of the keyboard letters, i've found the boxes and everything that they go in and the symbols like * and the numbers from the keyboard but no sign of the indivual letters, so my guess is that there probably in an eml file or somthing.. so if it is can we change the color within the eml file or what..
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    I would open something like GIMP and edit them. That is how I changed mine.

    Look in here.....\Contacts\res\drawable-hdpi-finger. Depending on your theme, maybe the numbers aren't also showing the letters? Mine do in the Flavored Ice theme.

    -Mike
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    thanks, i didn't even think to look in the contacts apk, i'll check it out and let you know hope this it.. lol

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    OK those were for the dialer and such, which i think i will change to now, but originally i just wanted to change the color of the letters on the devices virtual keyboard and i can't seem to find those pngs anywhere.. so for now its looking like i can only change the color for the virtual dialpad, not the keyboard

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    Sorry. I had this feeling I didn't really understand what you were asking. No fault of yours, just my lack of reading comprehension.

    -Mike
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    its all good, im not the clearest typer, i confuse myself alot with things i type, i think faster then i type and it screws me up.. lol but thanks..
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    Hang tight. I'll get this figured out for you.

    -Mike
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    This isn't possible buddy, sorry. What would need to be done is you would have to edit some xml's. Basically have the original, that points to every other letter. Then another xml to tell it which .png to look for for the iloveyu letters. This would be a huge undertaking as you would have to edit mutiple files with a hex editor, and even change the contacts.apk itself.

    The xmls in the layout folder of contacts.apk/res tell it where to look when it is looking for the key images. Or the keyboard.apk or whatever it is. It tells it to look at 1 file. So telling it to look at 2 different ones for certain keys would be a lot to do. I'm sure it is possible, but your going to need a good hacker. You may even have to rebuild the entire .apk itself, and without the google or motorola keys you probably couldn't resign it.

    I'm sure it's a lot more technical than this, but this is just the jist of what your trying to get done.
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    Well thanks forbyour help, I started to guess it would be an xml file after the first night.. lol.. o well on to plan b..
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    I do have a pink theme if you want to check it out
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    woody, what about changing the "verizon wireless" bar to "iloveyu"? then she would be able to see it all the time, not just when something was open.....
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    the stock keyboard layout is in LatinIME.apk in /system/app/

    2.1 roms it's in VoiceSearchWithKeyboard.apk

    modify the images with gimp or photoshop works fine, but you must change both landscape and portrait modes for it to be uniform.

    Happy Anniversary.
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    lol, i've already got that edited and ready to push it over, lol, that part was easy.. but thanks man.. seriously i love this forum, everyone is so great..

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    thank you so much, i was thinking hope was lost, i just hope i get this done in time, i've got till weds..

    thanks again :icon_ banana::icon_ banana:

    i love you man, lol
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    ok so i just remembered this when posting about changing the pull down bar, i have edited the eri file and changed the verizon wireless to i love you

    my droid does not show this for whatever reason, in my eri file i have the text that says verizon wireless so i know its in the eri file, but it doesn't show in the pull down or lockscreen, so i have no way to test this, i've applied this framework-res.apk to my droid and nothing changed, but my girlfriend however does have verizon wirless on the lockscreen and pull down..

    so if someone would be willing to test this and let me know i would greatly appreciate it..

    i've attached a zip file, its compressed using 7zip, but i imagine any zip application should unzip it, i've included my edited framework-res.apk with my edited eri file already in the apk and also just the eri file so you can look at it if you want check to make sure i edited the right spot which i think i did.

    thanks again..
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    He's right, the images are in there. But, one image is used for every key, so you would still have a problem with getting certain keys to be certain colors. Now changing the whole keyboard to pink or whatever color would be easy, yes, but a few specific keys, no.
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    : ) I made an app for my gf for valentines day/"anniversary" (same day lol). I'm a nerd in disguise so its ok lol
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